West Ham to solve striker woes with £13m capture of Javier Hernandez

Josh Challies

West Ham endured incredible struggles last season, with their contingent of strikers failing to find regular fitness and shunning their responsibilities of scoring goals when they actually took to the field.

The fact that Michail Antonio, a man who played right-back at stages of the season, finished top-scorer shows the problems West Ham have and it’s no surprise to see them linked with a wealth of strikers this summer.

After a slow start to their transfer window, where the only piece of business saw Pablo Zabaleta arrive on a free transfer, West Ham have finally started to make moves on the market and secured a superb deal yesterday as they landed Joe Hart on-loan from Manchester City.

Slaven Bilic will now turn his sights towards bolstering his attacking line and continues to chase Stoke City’s want-away Austrian Marko Arnautovic, although their most impressive attacking deal could come from elsewhere on the continent.

The Daily Express reports West Ham are closing in on the signature of Bayer Leverkusen striker Javier Hernandez for a bargain price of just £13m, bringing the former Manchester United favourite back to the Premier League.

Hernandez and Arnautovic are set to cost a combined £36m, less than one Kyle Walker, and it shows the benefits of being patient on the transfer market and waiting for the right opportunities to arise, rather than going all-out immediately.

Arnautovic is capable of playing as a central striker but is more likely to fill the Dimitri Payet shaped hole on the left-side of West Ham’s line, with Javier Hernandez leading the attack ahead of an attacking quartet that will also include Manuel Lanzini and Antonio.

Both captures, along with the addition of Joe Hart, are significant for West Ham as it shows the Hammers are intent on making progress following their move to the London Stadium and also proves they’re not afraid to spend money when needed.

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